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Did Guinea-Bissau’s president scuttle an attempt for aid to get to Gaza?

Mandla Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson, recently led a “Free Palestine” chant in Istanbul where an international Freedom Flotilla Coalition was set to sail and attempt to deliver much-needed aid to Gaza. “We have finally got through to set sail and we are looking forward to breaking the siege and breaking the blockade on Gaza and ensuring that Palestinians and civil...

Tehran economic conference: President Raeisi hails Iran-Africa expansion of ties

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi says the Islamic Republic and the African nations are keen to strengthen ties between the two sides, noting that enhanced ties can form a complementary economy.  Raeisi made the remarks during the 2nd Iran & Africa International Economic Conference on April 26 at Tehran’s International Conference Center.  “This meeting is a symbol of the will of African...

The contradictions in trying to reform African debt with outdated post-neoliberal era mechanisms

While viewing OXFAM America’s recent forum on “Remaking Global Economic Governance For A Post-Neoliberal Era,” the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s words about the standard by which doing “good” is measured came to mind.   Discussing the doing of good or retooling the neoliberal policies of the past to somehow benefit the recipients of capitalism’s history of exploitation, sounds more like an...

South Africa’s opposition to U.S., UK interference is a risk worth taking

There is an old adage that states, “politics make strange bedfellows.” South Africa’s upcoming May 29 national elections don’t beg to differ. Out of the not-so-clear blue, the United Kingdom (UK), members of the United States Congress, and the head of the Oppenheimer family founded Brenthurst Foundation have donated millions of dollars to the opposition—including the Democratic Alliance (DA),...

West African nation stages protests against U.S. military presence

Organizers praised Niger’s rulers for diversifying ties with nations, including Russia, that respect the state’s sovereignty Thousands of demonstrators, including government officials, rallied in Niger’s capital, Niamey, demanding the withdrawal of the U.S. Army from the West African nation, which kicked French troops out last year. The protests took place in support of the Nigerien military government’s decision on March 16...

Modern capitalism encourages debt that Africa can never repay

Debt as a form of imperialism went global, as mentioned in David Graeber’s 2011 book “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” He frames the IMF (International Monetary Fund) as the world’s debt enforcers or “The high-finance equivalent of the guys who come to break your legs.” In his book, Graeber explained how modern-day capitalism encourages the debt that underdeveloped Global...

A Dubai company’s staggering land deals in Africa raise fears about risks to Indigenous livelihoods

ABUJA, Nigeria—Matthew Walley’s eyes sweep over the large forest that has sustained his Indigenous community in Liberia for generations. Even as the morning sun casts a golden hue over the canopy, a sense of unease lingers. Their use of the land is being threatened, and they have organized to resist the possibility of losing their livelihood. In the past year,...

Zimbabwe launches ‘gold’ currency to replace dollar

Zimbabwe has introduced a new national currency aimed at stabilizing the economy and countering the devaluation of the local dollar in the southern African nation. Harare has also appealed to the United Nations for $2 billion in aid to help with food insecurity. The “structured currency”—Zimb Gold (ZiG)—will be anchored mainly on gold and foreign currency reserves, Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank...

Namibia still fighting for reparations from Germany

In March, the Turkish parliament speaker thanked Namibia for its international stance in condemning Israel’s genocide atrocities in Gaza. “I would like to express that as the Turkish nation, we greatly appreciate Namibia’s stance in the international arena against the ongoing atrocities, which have reached the level of genocide, perpetrated by Israel in Gaza for nearly six months,” Numan...

Is South Africa prepared to embrace a coalition government?

As South Africans approach their upcoming national elections, scheduled for May 29—some with reservations—a plethora of critical issues loom large over the country’s political landscape. One that is getting a lot of attention is whether Africa’s most influential nation-state is possibly prepared to embrace coalition governance on a national scale. According to the South African news site Isolezwe, more...